This summer, plan your own fun week focused on what your child or family enjoys. Pick a theme and build activities around that theme. Kids love getting involved in thinking of things to do. Planning the week can be half the fun! Your local library is always a great stop to include in any theme week. You’ll find books and videos there on almost any topic. Here are some great theme options and ideas to get you started.
Calling all dancers, and that includes any of you who just like to move to the music. Dance week let’s you explore all forms of dance — ballet, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, swing…The list keeps going. Look for a local dance performance and take the family. Call a local dance studio to see if they offer any drop-in courses. Check out books and videos from the library to watch and learn about famous dancers. Part of the fun in dancing is the costumes. With a few supplies from the craft or fabric store (and of course some rhinestones or glitter) your children can create their own costume pieces. Then put on some music and dance.
There are endless opportunities for an animal week. Consider narrowing it down to a smaller group such as reptiles, household pets, farm animals, insects, etc. Check out the reptiles at the Great Lakes Zoological Society. Visit the Domino’s Petting Farm. Arrange a tour of the Humane Society of Huron Valley and explore ways to help the animals there. Even a visit to a local pet shop can be an educational experience. Check out the different kinds of animals available and ask the staff to tell you about your favorite. Play an animal-themed version of charades at home. Use pictures instead of words so even non-readers can join in the fun.
Plan a car week. Visit one of the many car-related museums — Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum or the auto exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum. Plan a family movie night and watch Cars and/or Cars 2. Build and decorate your own toy cars using common household items such as a tissue box and toilet paper rolls — the cars don’t have to actually roll, they’re just fun to build and decorate. Do an Internet search for “car crafts” for some great images and ideas.
Pick your favorite sport or try some new ones for this fun week. Have a big soccer or baseball fan in your house? Plan a week of fun around those themes. Take a trip to Lansing or Detroit to take in Lugnuts or Tigers game. Host a wiffle ball game in your backyard or at the local park. Set up some markers and run relay races while dribbling a soccer ball. Check out books from the library on famous players. There are endless sports movies that would be great for a family movie night. Get goofy and make up your own backyard Olympics — hula hoop contests, bouncing a ball on a tennis racquet, jumping rope, balancing a balloon on your nose… Have the kids get crafty and make awards in advance.
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